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Winter couture looks for less

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Affordable winter fashion

We all love to see what models are wearing on the runway. But in today's economy, it's tough to justify a $200 scarf -- even if it is super-luxe! Being a babe on a budget isn't so bad, and loads of super-cute steals out there look just like the runway styles they are replicating. Here, we present some of the season's coolest trends and affordable winter fashions.

TREND: Chains and Zippers

Hardware such as chains and zippers are popping up everywhere this season: Jewelry, handbags, shirts, skirts, even shoes.
Get the look:
Check out Zappos.com for this pair of Calvin Klein ankle boots with chain accents for $157.95.

Calvin Klein ankle boots with chain accents

TREND: Long Scarves

Long scarves are super hot this cold season. And they aren't just cute – they're practical, too! They can be worn so many ways. Throw it around your neck; tie it loosely and let it drape; or put the ends of the scarf together, drape it around your neck, then pull the ends through to make a super-warm muffler.
Get the look:
We love this bright yellow long scarf from Old Navy (it also comes in pink, black and brown), and it's a steal at $12.50. The scarf also encompasses a few more of the season's big trends: Knits and bold color!

Old Navy Knit Scarf

TREND: Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are all the rage along the runway, but you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to update your shoe closet.
Get the look: Target's Mossimo Valentina Peep-toe booties in gray are cool and sexy, and they'll only set you back $26.99!

Target's Mossimo Valentina Peep-toe booties

TREND: 80s Style

Didn't we swear we'd never revisit this trend? Well, call it retro if you want, but 80s style is back in a big way! Think vibrant, bold -- even neon -- colors, big-shouldered jackets, leather, big polka-dot prints and sequined skirts.
Get the look:
We found these bright pink skinny cord pants at American Eagle Outfitters for just $39.50.

American Eagle Outfitters

TREND: Animal Prints

Animal prints are everywhere this season, and zebra and leopard seem to be the hottest. We love this Betsey Johnson Catwalk Small Flap Clutch with detachable chain (another trend!), dog-leash closure and stud accents. Get the look: We found it on Zappos.com for $98 — more than $50 off the original price! This black and purple zebra cocktail dress is only $59.90 at Windsor.com.

Zebra Cocktail Dress

TREND: Glitter and Metallic

Everything that glitters is not gold -- not this season, anyway. It could be silver, black or any color, as long as it shines! If you're leery about decking yourself out in glitter or metallic materials, take the safe route to this trend by donning a cool sparkly clutch or shoes.
Get the look: Check out the metallic studded bowler bag we found at Overstock.com for a mere $49.99.

Metallic Bag

More winter fashion trends for 2010

Winter 2010 accessories photo gallery
Holiday party dresses photo gallery
Cruelty-free winter furs

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